March 21, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – If elected president, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday said he would make all barangay workers salaried government employees to increase their benefits.
In a statement, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer said he would push for barangay workers to enjoy the same benefits that state employees have.
“Since I was mayor of Makati, I have been pushing for barangay workers to become salaried government employees. Nakalulungkot na sa kalakaran ngayon, wala silang natatanggap na pensyon o anumang benepisyo kapag nag-retiro sila,” Binay said.
“Nararapat lamang na bilang lingkod-bayan, ang ating mga opisyal sa barangay ay makatatamasa rin ng mga benepisyong natatanggap ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan,” he added.
Binay said like government employees, barangay workers should also get mandatory benefits such as membership in Pag-IBIG Fund, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“Sa administrasyon ni Jojo Binay, magiging swelduhan na ang ating mga barangay officials, health workers, barangay watchmen, street sweepers at iba pang barangay workers,” he noted.
At present, barangay officials and workers are only receiving incentives or honorariums for their services.
Compensation for barangay officials ranges from P1,000 to P10,000 a month, with the barangay chair and councilors getting a little more than the barangay health workers, barangay watchmen and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa.
Binay said a bill was previously filed in Congress that would have granted a retirement benefit of P75,000 to barangay officials who had served for 25 years.
However, he noted that it was blocked by senators identified with the Liberal Party.
In 2009, then Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez filed House Bill 5906, which mandates each barangay to allocate no less than five percent of its annual internal revenue for the retirement fund of barangay officials.
Barangay officials covered by the bill included tanods, whether elected or appointed, health workers, daycare workers and members of the Lupong Tagapamayapa.
The bill was approved by the House of Representatives and given the corresponding allocation of P5 billion.
However, the Vice President said it was shot down in the Senate by Senator Franklin Drilon and other senators identified with the administration.